How to Haggle in the Modern World

The modern world is an organized and regimented place. We obey the rules of the road for our safety, we pay our taxes to keep our cities running smoothly, and most of us unquestioningly pay the ticket price for the things we buy online and in the shops.

However, in this last case, sometimes the prices we pay for things have been arbitrarily chosen or inflated — and there’s actually no harm in paying less if we can convince the trader to give us a deal. That’s the tricky part, though: how can you go about talking a car salesperson, checkout assistant or internet provider into a discount?

Fortunately, there are plenty of frugal experts on hand with tried-and-tested techniques to improve your chances of a price cut. Did you know, for example, that your internet service or cellphone contract provider probably has a so-called ‘retentions department’? This is the last person you get to talk to before cancelling your contract — and it’s their job to entice you to stay. Knowing this can be valuable information when your contract is nearing its end.

One key point to remember is you’re (usually) dealing with a human. If it’s the owner of the store, they may be keen to win your loyalty; if it’s a salesperson on commission, she may be keen to make that sale at a reduced price than to miss out on it altogether. You can use this knowledge as leverage for a better deal — but be sure to use charm rather than aggression for better results.

Check out this new guide to haggling in the modern world, and add some magic to your experience while saving a few hard-earned bucks next time you reach for your wallet.

How to Haggle in the Real World Infographic

 

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Tuttle, B. (2012). The Passive-Aggressive Way to Haggle Online: Abandon Your Shopping Cart. time.com

Marcel (2016). Haggle with Sky, AA & more. moneysavingexpert.com

Jenny (2016). Haggle on the high street. moneysavingexpert.com

CBS News (2007). How To Negotiate Your Way Out Of Bank And Credit-card Fees. cbsnews.com

White, M. C. (2011). Fighting Fees: 3 Ways to Negotiate With Your (Big) Bank. time.com

Her (2016). You Can Negotiate at the Supermarket! makelovenotdebt.com

Merrill, L. (2014). How to haggle your way to a bargain. azcentral.com

Weisbaum, KH. (2013). The Art of Haggling: What Have You Got to Lose? cnbc.com

Mannini, N. (2016). Survey: Haggling Statistics. creditdonkey.com

Montypython.net (2014). ‘Life of Brian’ Haggling Scene. montypython.net

Friend, C. (2016). Social Contract Theory. utm.edu

Lewis, M. (2014). Martin Lewis: My 10 tips for haggling with call centres. telegraph.co.uk

Dachis, A. (2011). How to Screw with Car Salesmen (and Get a Better Deal). lifehacker.com

 

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Bonnie is a Chicago transplant who's committed to seeing the world on a dime. As an avid news junkie with a fascination with finance, she loves to help others do more with less.

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